Kelley Paul, wife of Sen. Randal H. “Rand” Paul (R.-Ky.), penned an op-ed which was published by CNN on Nov. 22, dispelling rumors that the early November attack on the senator was due to a long-standing “neighborly dispute.”
“The only ‘dispute’ existed solely in the attacker’s troubled mind, until, on a beautiful autumn day, he ran down the hill on our property and slammed his body into Rand’s lower back as he stood facing away, wearing noise-canceling headphones to protect his ears from the lawnmower,” wrote the senator’s wife.
“This was not a ‘scuffle’ a ‘fight’ or an ‘altercation,’ as many in the media falsely describe it. It was a deliberate, blindside attack,” she wrote.
The Kentucky senator suffered six broken ribs, three displaced, a pleural effusion, and pneumonia. Since the attack, he has continuously experienced long and painful coughing fits and difficulty breathing. This has not stopped Paul, who returned to work on Capitol Hill shortly after the attack.
Big League Politics reported on Nov. 9 that Paul’s senior advisor denied any longstanding dispute between Paula and his hard leftist neighbor Dr. Rene Boucher, and asserted that Paul had not spoken with Boucher in many years.
The senator’s wife said it was appalling that the mainstream media ran with the bad neighbor narrative, despite all evidence to the contrary.
It is incredibly hurtful that some news outlets have victimized Rand a second time as he struggles to recover, delighting in hateful headlines like ‘Not A Perfect Neighbor,’ and concocting theories about an ‘ongoing dispute,’ based on nothing more than speculation from an attention-seeking person with no knowledge of anything to do with us.
She said she was particularly upset by the GQ piece which called the senator a troublesome neighbor because of his libertarian property-rights beliefs, alluding that he might have deserved the attack
The mainstream media has been desperate to avoid any suggestion that the attack may have been politically motivated, although Boucher regularly posts on social media anti-Republican musings like, “May Robert Mueller fry Trump’s gonads.”
The reaction to her husband’s attack has not been all bad, the senator’s wife said.
She said she and her family were grateful for the many prayers and messages of good wishes for the senator’s recovery.